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Marriage Delay and Denial – Part 1.

Marriage Delay and Denial – Part 1.

By Visti Larsen, Guide and Guru: Pt. Sanjay Rath


Whilst the Lagna or Rāśi (D-1) chart indicates the individual’s tendencies, ideals and views, the deciding factor for any event depends on the divisional charts. Herein, the Rāśi (D-1) chart can indicate the individuals wishes and experiences in relationships, but the Lord of the Navāmśa Lagna will be the final deciding factor in deciding when or whether a person will marry.

Classical background

लग्नेशलग्नभागेशौ रिश्फरन्ध्रारिगौ यदि।
मारकेशयुतौ दृष्टौ जातोऽसौ निर्धनो नरः॥ ११॥
lagneśalagnabhāgeśau riśpharandhrārigau yadi |
mārakeśayutau dṛṣṭau jāto’sau nirdhano naraḥ || 11||
Bṛhat Parāśara Horā Śastra, Daridrayogādhyāyaḥ

Translation: Should the Lord of the Varga Lagna be joined or aspected by the sixth, eighth or twelfth lord, as well as the Māraka, the person will suffer poverty.

Commentary:What type of poverty is indicated? It cannot be monetary poverty as not all the vargas affect one’s bank balance. This must be a poverty of deprivation, wherein the deprivation depends on the indications of the Varga in question!

Tradition on Navāmśa Kendra

The tradition extends the examination of the Lagna to the four Kendra. This accepts the understanding that the Navāmśa depicts more than marriage alone, but several of life’s facets. This principle divides the four kendra, or quadrant-houses, in the Navāmśa (D-9), into the four pillars of Dharma (duty, health and intelligence), Artha (wealth and career), Kāma (enjoyments and relationships) and Mokṣa (freedom and spirituality). 

Should the Lord of Kāma-ayana be joined the sixth/eighth/twelfth lords in the D1, and further be joined the māraka of the Navāmśa-7H, the person will be deprived of marriage.

Commentary: Any affliction to the Lord of Kāma-Ayana will hinder marriage. The Dusthāna or their lords cause a vacuum causing either loss or deprivation, but this may not be permanent.

The Māraka adjoining such a vacuum would cause the loss or deprivation to be permanent!

Herein, we need to apply Parāśara’s designation of Māraka, and specifically with reference to the sign in the seventh house in the Navāmśa!

Sign Māraka Sign Māraka
Venus Libra Mars
Jupiter, Moon & Mars Scorpio Venus
Moon Sagittarius Saturn
Mercury Capricorn Mars
Saturn Aquarius Sun, Mars and Jupiter
Sun & Venus Pisces Mercury

Case study

Mary Cassatt, born 22nd May 1844, 23:54, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.

In the given chart, we find Arudha Lagna placed in Libra. This promotes a career within entertainment or the arts. With lord Venus joined Mars in the sixth house, an even house, this promotes even more art, but also cause long bouts of celibacy or separation. Known for avoiding any such temptations, Mary was fully dedicated to her passion and her family.

Among planets, Saturn signifies those who follow Brahma or Brahma-acharya, and do not marry. Saturn is in the 1st house, aspecting both the Arudha Lagna (AL) and Upapada (UL) by graha dṛṣṭi (desire) showing a complete unwillingness to marry. Its retrogression makes this pronounced!

The Navāmśa houses Venus in the twelfth house which speaks against the opportunity to marry. The lord of the seventh house in Navāmśā (D-9) is Jupiter, which is placed in 3rd house in Māraṇa Kāraka Sthāna in the Rāśi (D-1) supporting a denial. The Māraka to Sagittarius (seventh house in D9) is Saturn and aspects Jupiter as well by graha dṛṣṭi to show the personal unwillingness to marry. Saturn has completely dominated the chart to hinder the person’s marriage and relationships. Notably, Saturn and Moon opposite each other show a rājayoga for fame and name beyond her lifetime!

…to be continued!!

Visti is a professional astrologer since 2004, accredited with the degrees of Jyotish Pandit, Jyotish Guru and Jaimini Scholar. He is a student of Pt. Sanjay Rath, from whom he received the responsibility as custodian of the Maharishi Jaimini Upadeśā Sutras. He teaches the courses of Parashara Jyotisha, Jaimini Sutras and further teaches through his online school, Rama Academy. You can learn more from Visti at www.rama-edu.com or book a consultation at: www.srigaruda.com.

What Venus isn’t?

What Venus isn’t?

The topic of relationships in astrology and the whispers about Venus is forever present and actual. In fact, we can confidently say that the two topics, namely relationships (karaka Venus) and finances (karaka Mercury) are the driving forces to much of our lives.

Being of Rajas guna, Venus represents that aspect of us that is full of desire, attachment, restlessness and constant activity (ref. Bhagavad Gita). No matter what astrological path or school one follows, Venus is always said to be responsible for relationships.

But do we really understand which role Venus plays, in the arena of all the other predictive techniques, when it comes to relationships and marriage? How is it different than the 7th house, or 7th lord, or Upapada, Navamsha, Darakaraka, etc.?

Few facts about Venus:

  1. Venus is not our way of thinking when it comes to the marriage – that is our 7th house. 7th house is our brain when it comes to the relationship, it is us in the relationship, our ideas, and philosophy.
    The well-known saying “all is fair in love and war” and “it’s a thin line between love and hate” belongs to the 7th house as well. This house is also Maraka (killer), as well as the marriage house, and as such implies the role of ones partner as kavacha or protection (this becomes clearer when studying longevity combinations).

Different grahas cause grahana (eclipse) on the brain imparting certain conditions to the relationships. You can read about each planet in the 7th house in Bhrigu Sutras or in my teachers book Crux of Vedic Astrology, by Sanjay Rath. For more on marriage and relationships check out Visti´s course on sign Libra and Kalatra Sphuta – timing marriage and relationships.

2. Venus is not love! Before we talk about Venus on a graha level, Venus is of the Rajas guna or quality of desire, attachment, restlessness, the power of attraction; and Venus is of Jala tatwa or water element. So Venus is not love, Venus is an emotion (jala or water element) or attachment or infatuation with an expiration date rather than the “real love”. So which graha does represent real love?

3. Venus is not your spouse! Your spouse is your Upapada (the arudha of the 12th house), it is your 7th house in the Navamsha chart (first spouse anyhow). But it is karaka for a spouse in a man’s horoscope, whilst Guru is the same in the female horoscope. This explains how man vs. woman approach the relationship or look at it, but this is a topic for another day.  

So what is Venus?

Venus is a naisargika (natural) karaka (significator) for the relationships and marriage. As such it shows the hand of God, or our own karmas, when it comes to the relationships. Venus is like a God who decides if he will give or not.

Try this one out: see where is Venus placed from the 7th house to see you attitude towards partner(s), count back from Venus to the 7th house and you will know the reason for the same.

– Om tat sat –

The month of Aries -The new beginnings

The month of Aries -The new beginnings

As we are nearing Sun’s entry into the sign Aries, or Mesha, we are naturally directed to new beginnings. If you are interested in the mundane aspects of the Sun’s entry into Aries (Mesha Sankranti), Visti has delivered a whole lecture on this topic in one of his RAMA courses.

The sign Aries is the first sign and the beginning of the Zodiac comprised of twelve signs. This sounds easy and many would say, this is common knowledge. But do you know how this came to be?

Astronomically, Aries (0° Aries or Mesha) is defined by the fixed star Spica. Spica is also called Chitra yoga tara, and 0 degree Aries is known as chitrapaksha, or 180°degree (paksha) opposite this fixed start. This time of year and Suns cycle defines the start of the spring season in nature, to which many refer to as the Spring Equinox.

The sign Aries is also the starting sign of the Kalapurusha or time personified, where kala in Sanskrit means time, and purusha means a man. This Kalapurusha horoscope has defined rashi or signs in all twelve houses, starting with Aries as the Ascendant or 1st house, Taurus as the 2nd, Gemini as the 3rd, and so on. This horoscope known as the Kalapurusha shows nature almost as a template from which we are all created.

That being said, let us name some of the main domains in life that are covered by the 1st house/ascendant or Lagna:

  1. The ascendant represents the self. In Sanskrit we refer to it as Sva or one of the self-indicators. The ascendant in any divisional chart represents the native in that area of life (i.e. In the D9 Lagna shows how we think in the matters of marriage and dharma, D7 children and parenting, D10 profession, etc.).
  2. Physical appearance. The ascendant indicates our physical body and appearance, and when it comes to a specific body part, the ascendant indicates our head as a body part. Note: to get the whole picture one should also examine Navamsha lagna, Moon´s sign, etc.
  3. Intelligence and nature. Lagna is one of the self-indicators and is a starting point whilst judging ones nature and way of thinking. We often refer to the Lagna as an operating system when it comes to thinking and intelligence (learn more about different lagnas from Saravali).
  4. Fame and reputation. Lagna is said to be the praiseworthy one, what you are being celebrated for, as well as your reputation, good or bad, depending on the other factors influencing Lagna. Here comes into play the whole concept of Raja yoga (to better understand Raja yogas one should study Maharishi Jaimini Upadesha Sutras, through books or courses).
  5. First house represents birth and the beginning of life. From the first house we can read circumstances related to the birth, the strength of Lagna and its lord can ensure the good start in life, etc.

I would like to finish this write-up with a peculiar principle. The Lagna lord can indicate how comfortable you will be at your birthplace, and yet yoga’s in the Lagna can take you away from your birthplace. Try it out and let me know what you think in the comment section below the post.

– Om tat sat –

Jātaka Pārijāta|śloka 12

Jātaka Pārijāta|śloka 12

Śloka 1. 12.

चापस्य वाजिरथवारणवासभूमिः एणाननस्य सरिदम्बुवनप्रदेशाः।
कुम्भस्य तोयघटभाण्डगृहस्थलानि मीनाधिवाससरिदम्बुधितोयराशिः॥ १२॥

cāpasya vājirathavāraṇavāsabhūmiḥ eṇānanasya saridambuvanapradeśāḥ |
kumbhasya toyaghaṭabhāṇḍagṛhasthalāni mīnādhivāsasaridambudhitoyarāśiḥ || 12||

Translation: Houses made of wood for keeping horses and chariots belong to Sagittarius. Homestead where Capricorn dwells is river and forest with a lot of water inside. Aquarius is situated in the water pots or vessels used in the house. Pisces settlement is river, ocean or similar quantity of water.

Commentary: Sagittarius shows horse stables or barracks for war elephants and chariots and in the modern context it is the garage, parking lots and the battlefield. Capricorn represents rivers, shallows, and marshy places. Places, where vessels are kept like the kitchen or storerooms, warehouses and other storage places, are indicated by Aquarius in addition to toilets and latrines where water has to be carried for cleansing. Pisces indicate the sea, large rivers, places of rejuvenation and cure like hospitals.

If you missed the previous śloka (JP śloka 10-11) you can read it here.

– om tat sat –